Fatal shooting under investigation in Elizabeth

The fatal shooting of a Middlesex County man in Elizabeth early this morning is under active investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Monday.

The victim has been identified as Zakee Cooper, 36, of Perth Amboy.

At approximately 2 a.m. on Monday, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to the 1000 block of North Broad Street, according to the preliminary investigation. At that location, officers found Cooper, who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was subsequently pronounced dead.

This matter remains under active joint investigation by the Homicide Task Force of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit. Anyone with information is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Andrew Dellaquila at 973-274-5771 or Detective Angela Concepcion at 908-341-5416.

The Union County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at